A day at the park: of horses and men

Okay, okay… I know: it’s been a while…

This summer has been quite uneventful (at least for me): no real holidays, all the time spent working and so on…

Today I finalyy got some photography done πŸ™‚

Photowalk in Phoenix Park! Ok, I know: been there, done that; but still…

Big bunch of guys, fighters, horses and games πŸ™‚

 

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Referee

Not many keepers, but lots of fun πŸ™‚

Soccer fans

Celtic vs. Barcelona!

The streets are full of supporters… and beer, lots of it…

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Celtic supporters in Temple Bar

A good and fun crowd πŸ™‚

Lots of fun, even considering the final result… :/

 

Photo trip to the Saltee islands

We left Dublin early on Saturday to get to the Saltee islands:

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Saltee islands

The weather wasn’t great: fog and clouds and we weren’t particularly optimistic for the day.

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Kilmore Quay, not a great morning as far as weather goes…

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Land ho!

The clouds covered the sky almost all morning, until we got onto the islands.

Once we arrive though, the sun decided to show up and we had a beautiful (mostly) sunny day.

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A beautiful sunny day

I admit I was afraid I couldn’t do much to get the birds and that they’d be too far away for my lenses… It turns out we could get within a few metres from them, we could almost touch them!

And there were so many…

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So many birds… at least the story was different from the movie…

Good day, a few good photos πŸ™‚

Still, there is something I don’t understand:

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Why do puffins look so sad? 😦

Spring

Ok, ok, I know… It’s been a while since last time…

And now, apparently, Spring has finally come! Temperature is up, the sun is shining in the sky and the jacket hasn’t left the house in a few days…

Anyway, new week, new photowalk.

The group met in the city centre and left to shoot places that were used in the making of movies. Or, at least that was the initial intention… We kinda got distracted walking in Trinity College and ended up just taking advantage of the beautiful day…

We spent almost two hours just walking the grounds in Trinity, and then we decided to move towards the City Council building on the quays.

To spice things up, we decided to go through Temple Bar…

Last act was, of course, pints accompanied by a friendly chat…

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Pints in the sun

Dingle Peninsula

Parents visiting from Italy and a long weekend travelling through Ireland: that’s a good combination πŸ™‚ .

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Near Slea Head… Those colours :O

We were even lucky enough to get decent weather, I don’t think the trip would have been very fun otherwise.

 

The views were incredible… pictures can’t capture that… :/

Easter rising centenary

This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, during which IrishΒ Republican took up arms against the British army.

The celebration included a parade featuring Irish soldiers from many different forces.

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We tried to catch a few glimpes of the parade (which wasn’t easy due to the crowd) and here’s part of the result…

It was a very nice (and cold) day…

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I lost count of the number of sesaons we had this weekend, but look at the (double) rainbow!!! If you can’t see the second, it’s on the right… ending on the smokestacks…

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Irish Army seal of approval

St. Patrick’s day!

First year in Ireland, first St. Patrick’s day in Dublin!

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‘Stay at home’, they said. ‘It’s going to be crazy’, they said. I didn’t listen πŸ™‚ .

We met at 10 to go see the parade, we were very close to the route it would take. We got even closer, we could have almost touched them… And still we couldn’t see anything…

I have rarely seen so many people just hanging around and having fun (and pints, but mostly fun…).

I even brought my camera, hoping to get some good shots… I shouldn’t have bothered πŸ˜€

Still, the best thing to see were the people…

 

And, of course, when everything was over…

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Cleaning up

Falconry workshop

It’s been a while since I had the chance to shoot birds, and this week a workshop on falconry provided the perfect occasion to do it again πŸ™‚ .

It was also the perfect occasion to remind how much I miss my long lenses 😦 .

Still, good day, great group, wonderful birds… and a couple of decent pictures…

Now I need to get a proper lens for this kind of things… πŸ˜›